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Tharun Thatikonda

Dear Department of Home Affairs,

1) I request to release incoming ministers briefing documents handed to:

a) The Hon Andrew Giles MP was sworn in as the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.

b) The Hon Clare O'Neil MP was sworn in as the Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security.

2) Any record, email, discussion, document etc in relation to planning of skillselect invitation rounds from July 2022.

Yours faithfully,

Tharun Thatikonda

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL: Sensitive
Personal-Privacy

15 June 2022

Tharun Thatikonda
BY EMAIL: [FOI #9014 email]

In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/06/00565
File Number: OBJ2022/15366

Dear Tharun Thatikonda

I refer to your email dated 12 June 2022 in which you request access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

I am writing to advise you that your request is not valid for the purposes of section 15(2)(b) of the FOI Act, and to provide you with an opportunity to revise your request so that it is a valid request. This is called a ‘request consultation process’. You have 14 days to respond to this notice in one of the ways set out below.

Scope of Request

You have requested access to the following:

1) I request to release incoming ministers briefing documents handed to:
a) The Hon Andrew Giles MP was sworn in as the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs.
b) The Hon Clare O'Neil MP was sworn in as the Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security.

2) Any record, email, discussion, document etc in relation to planning of skillselect invitation rounds from July 2022.

Power to refuse request

Section 24 of the FOI Act provides that if the Department is satisfied that a practical refusal reason exists in relation to a request, the Department must undertake a consultation process with you, and if, after that consultation process, the Department remains satisfied that the practical refusal reason still exists, the Department may refuse to give you access to the documents subject to the request.

Practical refusal

A practical refusal reason exists if either (or both) of the following applies:
(a) the work involved in the processing of the request would substantially and unreasonably divert the resources of the Department from its other operations
(b) the request does not satisfy the requirement in section 15(2)(b) of the FOI Act, which requires you to provide such information concerning the document you are seeking access to, to enable the Department to be able to identify it.

Reasons for practical refusal

The Department has considered the scope of this request and its capacity to conduct searches of relevance based on the current scope. The Freedom of Information Act 1982 provides a right to obtain access to “a document of an agency”. It is my preliminary view that your request, in its current form, does not satisfy the requirement in section 15(2)(b) of the FOI Act and is therefore not valid.

In consideration of the above, I am satisfied that the Department is currently unable to identify documents of relevance based on the information provided in scope. I consider that this would result in the decision maker being unable to certify that all relevant documents have been provided and considered in the assessment of this request and that a practical refusal reason exists in relation to this request.

As such, I am satisfied that your request is not valid and a practical refusal reason exists in this request.

Request Consultation Process

To enable the Department to consider your request for access under the FOI Act, the Department will require sufficient information concerning the specific existing documents you are seeking access to, so as to enable the Department to identify those documents.

The Department requires your assistance to narrow down Part 2 of your request due to its broad nature and the amount of Departmental resources involved in processing your request.

The sentence “Any record, email, discussion, document etc…..” is too broad. You may wish narrow down the scope by revising the sentence to “Plans, reports, emails, notes of discussions, and meeting agenda…”

The Department needs a definitive date range for Part 2 of your request. For example, from 1 July 2022 to 31 July 2022.

You now have an opportunity to revise your request to enable it to proceed.

Your request is currently not a valid request for the purposes of section 15(2)(b) of the FOI Act. As part of this practical refusal consultation, you have 14 days to do one of the following:

• withdraw your request;
• make a revised request;
• indicate that you do not wish to revise your request.

If you do not do one of the three things listed above during the consultation period (14 days) or you do not consult the contact person listed below during this period, the Department will take no further action with your request.

Contact

Should you wish to revise your request or have any questions in relation to this process, please do not hesitate to contact [Department of Home Affairs request email].

Kind regards

Jade
Position number: 60107422
Authorised FOI Officer
FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division
Strategy and National Resilience Group
Department of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

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Tharun Thatikonda

Dear FOI,

I would like to inform FOI section of DHA that I am willing to withdraw my current request.

Yours sincerely,
Tharun Thatikonda

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

OFFICIAL: Sensitive
Personal-Privacy

In reply please quote:
FOI Request: FA 22/06/00565
File Number: OBJ2022/15366

Dear Tharun Thatikonda

This email is to confirm that your FOI request has been withdrawn as per your email of 19 June 2022.

Kind regards

Jade
Position number: 60107422
Authorised FOI Officer
FOI and Records Management Branch | Data Division
Strategy and National Resilience Group
Department of Home Affairs
E: [Department of Home Affairs request email]

Personal-Privacy
OFFICIAL: Sensitive

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